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Panel OKs school land development bill

April 27, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are moving forward with a pilot project to develop school lands to raise money for school infrastructure repairs.

A committee of negotiators approved the bill Friday just minutes before the 6 p.m. deadline.

The proposal allows the Board of Education to move forward with three projects.

Negotiations became increasingly tense Friday as the day wore on and lawmakers from the House and the Senate debated different aspects of the bill. House and Senate lawmakers initially disagreed on the number of projects that should be allowed and the timeline for executing them.

House lawmakers had proposed five projects compared to the Senate's two.

Sen. Jill Tokuda said the Senate was trying to be responsive to public opinion that has been critical of land development proposals this session.

 
 

 

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